So I dug out my tattered Mexico and Central America maps and laid them out to tape them back together before I leave in a few days:
went to the post office and a package came from my friends Jim and Ann. They had heard I was heading to South America and sent me this:
Wow! What a nice thing to do for a fellow traveller! It looks so nice, especially in my construction adhesive covered hand.
Anyway, who needs sponsors when you have friends like that! So I went out to the Sherpa and signed their names in permanent marker on the gas tank for good luck:
Thanks you guys. You're the best! Should be fun watching your names get covered in bugs and mud on the way south.